Anti-fracking brides protest against 'marriage'

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 6 Apr 2017

THREE women have dressed as brides and blockaded themselves outside a London PR firm to protest against its 'marriage' with a gas company who had tried to drill for oil in North Lincolnshire.

The three woman from anti-fracking network Reclaim the Power blockaded the doorway of St Brides Partners yesterday to protest against its public relations work at Wressle Well near Brigg.

The group protested the 'marriage' between St Brides and Europa Oil & Gas who have been trying to drill for shale oil at Wressle Well along with four other companies.

The planning application was rejected in January 2017.

The three brides have locked themselves to the door of the PR company offices in London in solidarity with other communities who are still facing the prospect of oil drilling - such as in Leith Hill in Surrey.

St Brides' CEO and partners have been prevented from entering the offices, stopping them from promoting and selling shares in three unconventional oil gas projects around the UK.

Hannah Dow, who yesterday was locked by her neck to the door of St Brides offices said: "Financial PR firms that are wedded to the fracking industry are locking the UK into a toxic marriage that funds dangerous and unwanted unconventional oil and gas in the UK.

"This is not an industry that will support the health of our communities and that's why local people have prevented fracking from taking off in UK for the last 6 years. We're gathered here today to witness a company representing projects for the richer not the poorer and we're calling on St Brides to divorce companies intent on ignoring public concerns around unconventional oil and gas extraction."

Fracking clients of St Brides include Europa Oil and Gas PLC, a company that has been attempting to drill near Brockham in Surrey since 2009, as well as pursuing failed attempts to get planning permission for an oil and gas 'mini-frack' at a site near Scunthorpe in North East Lincolnshire.

St Brides also promote shares for Cluff Natural Resources who are pushing licenses in Underground Coal Gasification across the UK.

Alice Jones who also attended the protest today said: "These corporations are losing the fight for public licence to drill in the UK so they are desperate use companies like St Brides to clean up their image – but wedding bells aren't gonna chime today because firms like St Brides won't get a chance to fund fracking on our watch."

The action today is part of Reclaim the Power's 'Break the Chain' fortnight of action targeting fracking supply chain companies. Break the Chain aims to disrupt and expose the networks propping up fracking in the UK - from firms supplying equipment, to PR companies - ahead of further action this summer supporting locals resisting drill sites in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

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